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    Attracted to the Earl

    Guy and Abigale had very hard and trying childhoods. They’ve had to struggle to get passed them. A rare flower brings them together. But they are each hiding secrets. And because of them they decide to join forces against their enemy.
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    Attracted?

    Guy Neville has been hiding his inability to read all his life, since his father threatened to send him to an asylum and tried to kill him. After he ran away and became a successful warrior in the army, his brother dies and leaves him a title and an estate to manage. But, his cousin Patrick will do anything to get the estate to pay his debts. Abigail Pinehurst has arrived to find the elusive Ghost Orchid and draw it in full bloom. She’s also been threatened by Patrick to find Guy’s secrets or her secrets will be made public. Can Guy and Abigail thwart Patrick’s plans before someone gets hurt? I love Ms. Evans’ romance novels. They draw me in and take me on an intense romantic ride with suspenseful moments and intriguing characters. I enjoy the themes from each novel. This novel seemed to be about accepting and persevering through hard times. I also liked how the main characters didn’t let pain from the past disrupt their future. The only drawback was that we never find out who cut the saddle. Otherwise, it was another stellar read. I received an Advanced Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley and am voluntarily reviewing it.
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    Great Read - Couldn't Put It Down

    **** 4.5 Stars **** I loved that this book had a unique storyline with a truly heroic hero and a heroine who is the definition of a strong, resilient, intelligent woman. We learn the hero’s secret right from the beginning and for that time period, it is really a huge issue. That is a time where the slightest affliction caused one to be shut away – either on a country estate or in an asylum – or more dire consequences. That was a real threat and I appreciated how the author showed the consequences of a problem that today we don’t even think twice about. The heroine’s secrets are revealed more slowly throughout the book, so don’t get impatient (as I did). I liked that the information came out in increments rather than in one big ‘reveal’ moment toward the end. Truly, this is a unique story and I enjoyed it. *** BTW – there is more than one romance in this book and the minor romance is sweet too. I don’t know who wrote the book blurb, but to me, the part about the heroine isn’t anywhere near the view I got as I read the book. I know that it would be hard to write the heroine’s part of the blurb without giving away plot points but – well – I just thought it was way off base. The opening scene of the book is great. It takes our hero, Guy Neville, from the ecstasy of his mistress’s arms, to rejection, to total abject fear and grief. The descriptions of his reactions are perfect – you absolutely feel his fear and his deep, deep grief as he learns that his brother has unexpectedly died – and now he is the new Earl of Argyle. His father’s stupid, idiot son was now the earl. The boy who could not read or write, the boy his father had beaten until he was almost unconscious on several occasions, but that still did not make Guy able to read or write . . . was now the Earl of Argyle Guy has been most fortunate in his choice of friends. Kit was his batman during the wars and he helped keep Guy’s secrets. Guy was a brilliant tactician, but he could neither read nor write and Kit took care of all of that for him. When Guy was severely wounded (almost died) and had to leave the military, Kit came with him. They protected each other in war – and now they protect each other in the civilian world. Abigail Pinehurst arrived at the Argyle estate a bit over a year after Guy had inherited. Before he died, Guy’s brother had granted permission for her to search the estate for the rare Ghost Orchid so she could draw/paint it for her benefactor. You’ll love the scene where Guy first meets Abigail. Abigail has huge secrets – painful secrets – that could ruin her and her sister, Dora. She cannot allow those secrets to come out – even if it means being a spy for the despicable Mr. Patrick Neville – cousin to Guy. She’ll do all she can to wriggle away from Patrick, but she’s pretty sure there is no way to do that. The book is fast-paced and filled with threats and danger. I loved that once Abigail realized how honorable and trustworthy Guy was, she decided to trust him and never went back on that. So many heroines are written to be wishy-washy and Abigail wasn’t that way. Good move by the author. I thought the resolution was a little too quick and too pat. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a blood-thirsty wench and loved what happened, it just seemed too quick and out-of-the-blue. I also had a bit of an issue with the disparity between the status of the hero and the heroine and it was not believable. It is implausible even in today’s world, so I definitely have trouble buying it in the Regency world. What was also so very clear was that the differences in their stations didn’t matter to him. He was not perfect, he was damaged. I definitely recommend this book because there are so many things to love about it. The hero is what all heroes should be – as is the heroine. I liked that both of them had been through so much, but neither was bitter nor had they lost the ability to love or trust. They were both stronger for what they endured as children and adults. Definitely, a must read. From the Author’s Note: Here’s to love, the most commanding four-letter word in the world, and the power it has to heal. I voluntarily read and reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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    An Emotional Wonderful Story

    London 1816 The loss of his brother, left Guy wanting to scream for the unfairness of it all. Now he was the Earl of Argyle and how would he cope with that? "He couldn't read, for God's sake. He was stupid. An idiot." My heart became engaged immediately with Guy and I could almost feel his anguish. Bronwen Evans is a master at creating characters that pull at the emotions and bring you into their world. To see what was endured in times past that is taken in stride today is difficult at best. Of course Guy's cousin Patrick would be looking for anything to take the title from him due to his jealousy. Miss Abigail Pinhurst, bluestocking and plant lover comes to the estate to study and draw a rare orchid for her patron Lady Calthorpe. But before she gets there is waylaid by Patrick who wants her to spy on Guy. You see Abigail has her own secrets and and he threatens to expose her if she does not cooperate. Such a truly wonderful story with strong emotions and heartbreak that pull these two souls together at the perfect time. Could these two from different walks of life pull together and thwart Patrick and have a happy life of their own? As in all of this author's work, she pulled me in and did not let go until the end and left me wanting more of her stories.
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    Attracted to the earl

    This book had some of my favorite tropes in a historical, a second son, nice-guy hero with a severe learning disability which had always been kept secret, who never expected to inherited a title, an older, experienced heroine, and class differences (hero is nobility, heroine comes from the slums). Plus, (view spoiler) With all that going for it, I should have loved it, but unfortunately, I never really connected with any of the characters. It was like the author was just going down a checklist and ticking off the various tropes and plot points with no real emotions. We were told that the MCs were attracted to each other (instantly) and admired each other, but it was all telling and no showing. I never felt any real sparks or excitement between them, and it was the same with the secondary characters. It was like they existed to advance the plot, but otherwise served no purpose. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advance copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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